Communications Blog

In Ferndale, we want our schools to provide a great start to every student’s future, and Jump Start Kindergarten – an early school readiness program – is playing an important role in achieving this goal.

Ferndale School District teachers from nine school campuses were recently named mini-grant recipients by the Whatcom County School Retirees Association (WCSRA) after applying for grants to support a variety of educational experiences for students.

Our bond measure to modernize Ferndale schools will be back on the February 12, 2019 Special Election ballot. This is the bond to build a new high school, make critical facility repairs and upgrades, improve school security, and modernize our Performing Arts Center.

Each year, FFA wreath & swag making brings many supporters, staff, boosters, parents and students together for holiday cheer, remembrance, building friendships and making memories. Tony Torretta, FFA Advisor and Ag Science Teacher at FHS says, “Many students say the wreath making is one of their fondest memories at FHS.”

December Community Questions

December 18, 2018

Superintendent Linda Quinn answers questions received throughout the month.

2018 is the ninth year that Ferndale School District Administrative Services Director Tammy Bengen has coordinated the United Way campaign at the Ferndale School District. "I'm passionate, and I know our staff is too, about supporting people in need in our community. I believe in the work of United Way—helping to provide basic needs, creating economic mobility and breaking the cycle of poverty—right here in Whatcom County," said Bengen. She reports, “This year, we had 47 persons contribute a total of $9,727 to United Way. That is an increase of 13 people giving from last year and the amount increased by almost $1200!”

November Community Questions

November 30, 2018

Community questions from November 2018.

Demonstrating commitment to the classroom and competition, the Ferndale High School Girls Soccer Team was recently named a Fall Team Academic State Champion by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires Scholastic Awards Program.

The Ferndale School Board has been recognized as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), earning the honor for the sixth time since 2012.

Charlie Brown and his cast of characters have rolled back onto television screens in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. You may remember one of Charlie’s cast of characters – Linus – the blankie-carrying best friend. Linus delivers the classic line, “Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.”

Ferndale School District Director of Transportation Kelly Johnson has announced the purchase of five propane-powered school buses. The buses will provide increased efficiency and cost savings for the District.

October Community Questions

October 31, 2018

Dr. Quinn answers monthly community questions.

The October 30th event, called Lunch with Leaders, paired local employers Les Schwab, Gitts Auto Body, Gary’s Plumbing, and Lynden Door with twenty-five Ferndale High School students. Students were transported to the Ferndale Pavilion where they enjoyed lunch donated by event sponsor Phillips 66 and rotated through employer led sessions. Each employer talked with students about career development and job shadow opportunities.

The Ferndale School District is offering Jump Start Kindergarten, a kindergarten readiness program, for eligible 2019-2020 students living in the district with program registration to begin in November.

The Ferndale School District and Community Bond Oversight Committee held Listening Sessions on Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16 as opportunities for the community to meet committee members and provide a platform for two-way conversation about the committee’s role and plans.

The Ferndale School District and the Community Bond Oversight Committee have announced two listening sessions in October: Monday, October 15 at North Bellingham Learning Center from 6 pm to 7 pm Tuesday, October 16 at Custer Elementary from 7 pm to 8 pm The listening sessions provide opportunities for the Community to meet members of the Oversight Committee and to engage in two-way conversation regarding the Committee’s role and plans going forward. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend. “The Ferndale School Board is not waiting until November to see if the Bond passes. We want to empower this oversight process as early as possible and we want our community to be part of that,” says Ferndale School District Board President Dr. Kevin Erickson. “As a School Board, we are very supportive of the Oversight Committee.”

Ferndale High School agriculture class students gained a first-hand experience serving the community this fall participating in an orchard gleaning project at Kibbe Acres.

September Community Questions

September 28, 2018

1. Who is eligible to vote in the upcoming School Bond election? If you live within the Ferndale School District boundaries, you can vote on the upcoming school bond. The election date is November 6, 2018, and ballots will be mailed to you approximately two weeks prior to that date. The Ferndale School District is larger than the City of Ferndale. It extends into the County and includes Lummi Island, Lummi Nation, Custer, and even areas of North Bellingham. For a full School District map, see here: https://campussuite-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/prod/1530651/06c11be8-7bab-11e7-bf32-124f7febbf4a/1651346/4475c622-befb-11e7-a404-0a1e98289924/file/School_Attendance_Area_Boundaries_Final.pdf

Chris Perkins is a Social Studies teacher at Ferndale High School and was honored at a recent Seattle Mariners game part of the Teacher of the Week award series.

The whole child. It’s a phrase that is increasingly used in education circles to describe the idea that kids need more than academics in school - social and emotional elements including self- awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. All are foundational and more critical than ever.

Aging buildings are particularly vulnerable when a large amount of water accumulates quickly. The Performing Arts Center at Ferndale High School is no exception. According to FH...

The Great American Rivalry Series is sponsored by the United States Marines and is in the 15th year of highlighting high school rivalry games across the nation. The Ferndale vs. Lynden game is one of one-hundred games chosen for inclusion in the Series this year. “This is a great opportunity for us to highlight our tremendous program,” says Eric Tripp. “But really, it is much more than that. Part of the focus of this series is honoring alumni and, in his case, someone who served our country.”

Pride. You can see it in each face. You can see it displayed on a plaque at the front of the room. You can hear it in the moving tributes from teachers and advisors and School District officials. But mostly? Pride is radiating from the front row where Daniela Alcala sits with her mother at a ceremony recognizing that she is one of two students to win the High Achieving Migrant Student of the Year Award from the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction.

An Open Letter to Our Ferndale Neighbors - One of our core priorities as a School Board is to attract and retain the very best people in Ferndale. Our kids deserve that. For this reason, we recently agreed to a contract with a significant pay increase for our teachers for the next two-year period. It is also why we renewed Superintendent Quinn’s contract for the 2018-2019 school year. Although her contract includes a raise for the year, Dr. Quinn has informed the Board that she will decline a raise for the 2018-2019 school year.

Dear First-Time Kindergarten Families – It is August and the start of school is around the corner. As you prepare to send off your child to Kindergarten, I am preparing myself to send my oldest off to his Senior year of high school. It is just as exciting, scary and emotional this time around. Our children are growing up, and we are here to provide them the wings they need to fly. Kindergarten is the beginning for our little ones. My family has sent three children to Kindergarten and, as we begin another school year, I wanted to write to parents of Kindergarten students to welcome you to the Ferndale School District and to pass along a little advice: